How Chinese American protesters are invoking Black Lives Matter

Chinese American protesters are on the streets nationwide against the prejudice in the criminal system.

New York formal Police Officer Peter Liang’s conviction of shooting an unarmed black man in 2014 has catalyzed nationwide protest against racial prejudice in the criminal justice system.

Jam-packed in a Brooklyn plaza on Saturday, thousands of New York City’s Chinese American residents gathered to protest the conviction of former police officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot Akai Gurley, an unarmed black man, in 2014.

Mr. Liang was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter two weeks ago and faces up to 15 years in prison. At least 10,000 people crammed into Cadman Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn to protest the treatment of former NYPD officer Peter Liang.

Supporters of Officer Liang noted the strained relationship between the police and African-Americans across the country, after a string of incidents in which unarmed black men were killed by officers, many of whom were never charged.

Officer Liang, in their view, was the one who had to pay the price. One of the printed announcements for the rally read, “In the wake of so many unfortunate deaths of unarmed black men, some cops gotta hang.” The evidence against Officer Liang, his supporters contend, did not seem as clear-cut compared to the cases of other officers who have not been prosecuted. Some also believed that the gunfire had been an accidental discharge.

“This movement, this community reaction, it won’t be a Million Man March — it’s not that,” Mr. Ong said. “It is representative of Asian-Americans willing to take time away from their daily lives, to step up and say we don’t like what’s going on.”

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